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“It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.”

Mary Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964);

From the Desk of Dave Linzey...

What a difference a couple of years make! The tremendous success of Clayton Valley Charter High School has created a "supply and demand" environment where many more students want to enroll in CVCHS than in years past. While schools and districts face myriad challenges, big and small on an everyday basis, one problem that every school superintendent wishes they had was that of handling growth in enrollment. After all, that is what we are in business for ‐ to make a difference in the lives of students and families by educating them and "preparing them to become first class citizens with a world class education." And the more students we have the privilege of serving, the greater the impact we have upon their lives and the life of our community.

What has been a bit of a surprise for me personally in taking the helm of CVCHS is just how hungry families in the area are for a first class public high school. Parents and students thrive when you have teachers, staff and administrations that truly care, work hard to prepare effective lessons every day and go out of their way to strive for excellence in the classroom, in center quad and in the athletic arena. When all "systems are firing at full capacity" and working in harmony, schools can become places of educational excellence where lives are changed daily and students find meaning, purpose and direction for their futures.

The opposite is very difficult ‐ when schools and districts are struggling and declining in enrollment, jobs are lost, budgets are cut, and families want to find "greener pastures" and schools that make a difference. Many schools and districts are in that situation today and it is tough times for sure. Thankfully, CVCHS finds ourselves in the fortunate position of having over 1000 applications for the 2014/15 school year. To maintain our current enrollment of 2000 we would typically just replace the graduating class by the same number of the enrolling class, which would allow us to only enroll 500 students. I have a very difficult time, as do the board members and staff of CVCHS, in turning down so many students whose dreams are to attend CVCHS as they know our reputation as an academic powerhouse with a mission to prepare each and every student for admissions to the college of their choice. And so many are aware of the great school spirit of our student body as well as our safe school, commitment to excellence in music and the arts as well as athletics. So what do we do about the 1000 applications? There is no room in the Inn! What shall we do?

Our mission as a charter school is to educate all students to become first class citizens with a world class education. When we say all, we certainly are not thinking of the capacity of our facility, or the size of our community, or even the number of applications. A mission is about more than a number ‐ it articulates a core belief, it sums up our educational philosophy, it is a call to action for every CVCHS employee. If we know we have the formula for success, should we not share that with every child that had a desire to attend? Yes we should!

The reality is that we are inhibited by certain uncontrollable factors. So the CVCHS administrative team is working extremely hard to come up with the solution to our growth problem. The directive from the governing board has been to grow on campus if possible and so we have proposed portables and eventual construction of a new wing of classrooms. Unfortunately, this facility is so maxed out with usage, that we are bound to impact some population.

The good news is we do have options and we have made a proposal to MDUSD, our landlords, to add additional interim housing on campus and within a couple of years, add permanent classrooms to accommodate more students. With the current projects of stadium renovation, building concession stands and restrooms which will be completed in the fall, we have the capacity to serve food and have many more restrooms for students in a new, lower quad area that is being developed. We aim to add classrooms there as well, with the approval of MDUSD. If all goes to plan, we will be able to accommodate about 500 more students over the next couple of years without a problem. And with adding more zero period classes for students desiring to start school earlier and end earlier, we can even balance out the additional traffic flow. I have been able to accomplish similar dilemmas in prior school settings and this is done by schools throughout the country effectively. I am very pleased with the commitment of our staff and our governing board to educate more students and to make a difference in more students' lives. This is why we are educators and this is what are calling is: make a difference in as many lives as possible, to prepare students to become meaningful participants and contributors in society and to shape the future.

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924);
28th U.S. President

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Welcome to Clayton Valley Charter High School! The vision is clear: We will prepare our students for college admissions equipped with 21st century skills. All students have a right to a world-class education and this is the mission of Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS). All of the faculty, staff and administration are dedicated to this challenge and we invite parents to join us as partners to make this vision a reality. The CVCHS administration, board of directors, teachers and staff are united with a clear vision to ensure that we provide our students with a rigorous and relevant education.

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School funding comes directly from student's daily attendance.  When they attend school, even for a portion of the day, we receive full funding for that day.  When your student does not attend at all, we receive no funding at all.  Since 2007, California funding for public education (which includes charter schools) has been reduced significantly causing a tremendous strain on schools to offer educational programs.  We need each student here everyday, even if it is only for a part of the day (after doctor's and dentist appointments, etc.).  CVCHS can actually increase our state funding if every parent does their best to get their students to school everyday.  Thanks!

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News and Announcements


SPIRIT WEEK SPIRIT WEEK SPIRIT WEEK!! Get all your gear ready for the End-of Year Spirit Week culminating in the MOVE-UP RALLY!! Beginning the Monday after Spring Break (April 28th), every day will be filled with activities and fun! Click the link above for all the details and a day-by-day list of what to wear.

SENIOR BALL IS UPON US! Senior Ball is almost here! Senior Ball will be held at the Bentley Reserve on Saturday, May 10th from 8 PM-12 AM. To get all the scoop, click the link above.

AUDITIONS FOR A MUSICAL NUMBER OR SPEAKING AT GRADUATION ARE HAPPENING SOON! Attention Seniors: If you are interested in performing a musical number or speaking at Graduation, the auditions will take place right after Spring Break. Music auditions will be Monday, May 28th in M-1 at 3 PM, and speech auditions will be Tuesday, May 29th in M-1 at 3 PM.

IT'S NATIONAL COLLEGE COMMITMENT DAY!! May 1st in National College Commitment day and to honor those seniors that are headed off to college next year, CVCHS will be having a signing on posters during lunchtime in the Quad. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard!

SEMESTER TWO FINALS SCHEDULE IS ALMOST HERE! The finals schedule for Second Semester, 9th - 11th grades, is as follows:
**Wednesday May 28th will be 1st and 2nd periods
**Thursday, May 29th will be 3rd and 4th periods
**Friday, May 30th will be 5th and 6th periods
School will end at 12:30PM on each day.

ATTENTION SENIORS--FINAL TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE MAILED OUT IN MID-JUNE!! Final transcripts will be mailed to the college you will be attending in the middle of June, 2014. Please click above for steps to take.

TIME CHANGE--INCOMING FRESHMAN GEOMETRY PLACEMENT TEST DATES AND TIMES! Geometry Placement Test: All incoming freshman to CVCHS who selected Geometry for their 9th grade math need to take a Geometry placement test to help ensure proper math placement. The test will be offered at Clayton Valley Saturday May 10th @ 11:00 AM. A make-up test will be offered on Tuesday, May 20th @ 3:15 PM.

SENIORS--IT'S ALMOST GRADUATION TIME! Graduation Day is approaching fast! Mark your calendars and let your relatives know! Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 29th at 7:00 pm at the Concord Pavilion. Each family will receive 20 tickets (at no charge) a week or so before this date. For more information, click the link above.

CVCHS UGLY EAGLES FOOTBALL IS INVITED TO THE HONOR BOWL!! In one of the biggest high school football events in the state, CVCHS will face off against Carson High School Senators in the final game of the Northern California Honor Bowl! Don't miss this exciting event on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Del Oro High School in Loomis! For all the details, click the link above.

INTERESTED IN A TRIP TO SPAIN?? Are you ready for a cultural experience? Art teacher, Ms. Nolan, and Spanish teacher, Mrs. Winslow have planned a fabulous 8 day tour of sunny Spain, Jan. 2-10, 2015. This is NOT an annual trip, and CVCHS has not offered a trip like this in several years. Don't wait. Contact Ms. Nolan today for more information. katie.nolan@claytonvalley.org

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CVCHS PERFORMING ARTS! CVCHS Performing Arts Department made an outstanding showing at the 20th Annual Ohlone College High School Theater Festival which took place March 21 and 22 at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA!

Both the Drama Department and Technical Theater Department were in attendance. Drama took a 1st Place in the Music Video Competition, 2nd Place in the Contemporary Humorous Ensemble and 3rd Place in Theatrical Dance. The Technical Theater group to a 1st Place in the Props Creation/Rendering Division!

Congratulations on an outstanding job!!

CVCHS GOES TO WASHINGTON D.C.  VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE! Executive Director, Dave Linzey was invited by Representative George Miller to address the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee on the subject of “Raising the Bar: The Role of Charter Schools in K-12 Education” this last Tuesday, March 4th. Please click the link above to view the webcast of the testimony and hearing.

THE NEW 2014 - 2015 ACADEMIC CALENDAR IS AVAILABLE NOW! Are you wondering what the first day of school is? The last day? Making vacation plans? The Academic Calendar for the 2014 - 2015 school year is available now! Please click the link above for more information.
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